One wonders what Oprah Winfrey could see in the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. that Sen. Barack Obama couldn’t.
“Winfrey was a member of Trinity United [Church of Christ] from 1984 to 1986, and she continued to attend off and on into the early to the mid-1990s. But then she stopped. A major reason — but by no means the only reason — was the Rev. Jeremiah Wright,” writes Allison Samuels for the latest edition of Newsweek.
“According to two sources, Winfrey was never comfortable with the tone of Wright’s more incendiary sermons, which she knew had the power to damage her standing as America’s favorite daytime talkshow host. ‘Oprah is a businesswoman, first and foremost,’ said one longtime friend, who requested anonymity when discussing Winfrey’s personal sentiments,” Miss Samuels writes.
Mr. Obama has said several times that he had no knowledge at the time of Mr. Wright’s most notorious sermons, in which he said that blacks should call on God to smite America rather than bless it and has said the AIDS virus could have been created by the U.S. government as an anti-black genocide weapon. According to Newsweek, the Obama camp called it unfair to compare the two people’s choices, saying the Illinois senator needed to discover his blackness at Trinity.
“Early on, he was in search of his identity as an African-American and, more importantly, as an African-American man. Reverend Wright and other male members of the church were instrumental in helping him understand the black experience in America. [. . .] She’s secure in her blackness, so that didn’t have a hold on her,” Newsweek quoted a campaign adviser as saying.